Jesus often taught His disciples, and others with parables.  I heard of parables described this way:  Parables are earthly stories with heavenly meaning.  Jesus had a way of telling a story to bring out the truth of His life, work and ministry; as well as what was in the hearts and minds of people.

In the parable we look at today Jesus uses an unjust judge who has no fear of God or men to show us that a loving God will definitely care for His own:

“And He spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: and there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. And shall not God avenge His own elect, which cry day and night unto Him, though He bear long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of Man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:1-8 (KJV)

The judge in the parable realized that the widow’s persistence or perseverance would continue; thus he decides that he will grant her request.

We as Christians give up asking too soon in our prayers.  We  pray; maybe I need to use the personal pronoun “I” here; I pray and if God does not answer immediately I stop praying.  That is not what the parable is teaching.

Perseverance in prayer is a evidence of heart devotion, and faith that God hears, and that He will answer.  Jesus’s words “Nevertheless when the Son of Man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth?” is a reminder to today’s Christian to keep on praying; to never give  up asking for those things that we ask in His name.  He will answer.

There is power in persevering prayer to the Almighty God of heaven and earth when you come to Him through the cross of His Son Jesus.

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